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VPAA #2018/2019-18

The School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in public relations at the level of assistant professor, to start August 2018.


The successful candidate will be able to teach in the long term across the undergraduate curriculum in public relations, including public relations writing (including digital/social media), principles of public relations, public relations capstone, and applied research in public relations. The successful candidate also will be able to teach graduate-level courses in public relations, as needed on a rotational basis. In alignment with the University’s teacher-scholar model, the new hire could also teach a dual-level elective fitting the candidate’s area(s) of research interest and his/her research program. The faculty member is expected to have a scholarly research agenda in public relations, to provide service to the School and professional public relations communities, and to serve on master’s thesis and comprehensive examination committees.

The ideal candidate should have a strong program of scholarship already in development that will complement the active scholarly activity of its faculty in creating cutting-edge public relations theory, applying public relations theory to professional practice, and examining key issues of the profession.

One of the goals of the School of Journalism and Media Studies Strategic Plan is to maintain our international research reputation in public relations. To that end, we strongly encourage applications from candidates whose research investigates public relations and digital media theories in diverse cultures, especially Spanish-speaking countries and communities. At present, the public relations faculty's global expertise lies in China, Europe, and the Middle East; Latin and South America are strategic areas for growth and development in public relations theory and practice. Fluency and literacy in both English and another language (e.g., Spanish) would be a plus.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity and excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates with demonstrated experience working with or mentoring students from under-represented communities; candidates should address such experience in their application cover letters.


An earned doctorate in public relations, mass communication, communication, or an allied field is required by the position start date. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both teaching and research, in line with SDSU’s teacher-scholar model. Evidence or promise of a strong research agenda in public relations is required. Ability and interest to teach public relations courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required. Relevant professional experience in public relations is required.


The ideal candidate should have a track record of teaching public relations courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise for and/or experience in teaching undergraduate courses in public relations writing (including digital/social media), principles of public relations, public relations capstone, and applied research in public relations.


This is a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. Appointment to the position requires that the candidate’s doctoral degree be earned by the appointment start date in August 2018. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Review of application materials will begin September 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio at All additional inquiries should be addressed to:

    Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR
    Chair, Public Relations Search Committee
    Professor and Director, School of Journalism and Media Studies
    San Diego State University


The successful candidate will contribute to the excellence of one of the top-ranked public relations programs in the United States. At the undergraduate level, the ACEJMC-accredited public relations emphasis in the School of Journalism and Media Studies is a five-course sequence that exceeds national standards set by the Commission on Public Relations Education. SDSU has hosted a chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America since 1968 and was one of 12 founding participants in the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations program, launched in 2014 by the Universal Accreditation Board. Since 2005, SDSU has offered an exclusive fast-track M.A. program in collaboration with the Naval Postgraduate School that has educated more than 100 military public affairs officers from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Air Force. All full-time public relations faculty are Accredited in Public Relations, and all are active in academic and professional public relations communities. The School of Journalism and Media Studies houses the Glen M. Broom Center for Professional Development in Public Relations, which supports student internships, faculty research, and community engagement. The Broom Center currently houses the Journal of Public Relations Research, the premier scholarly research journal in the field.

The successful candidate will become part of a school with 20 tenured and tenure-track faculty, about two dozen non-tenure-line lecturers, and more than 600 majors, pre-majors, and graduate students. Marquee programs in the School include bilingual media writing, digital/social media research and curricular initiatives, media entrepreneurship, and the Center for Science and Media. Undergraduate program areas include advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations. The School offers a master’s degree program in mass communication and media studies, as well as a master’s degree program in learning design and technology. The School is part of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, one of seven colleges that serve a university community of 35,000 students in a fast-growing, culturally rich, metropolitan area with a loyal regional base and strong national and international relationships. For more information, visit:


SDSU is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 35,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. Overall, SDSU students can choose from 91 undergraduate majors, 78 master’s programs and 22 doctoral degree programs.

SDSU ranks among the top universities nationwide in terms of ethnic and racial diversity among its student body, as well as the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred upon students of color. Increasingly recognized for innovative research, SDSU is establishing itself as one of the leading public research universities. It is classified as a "research-high" institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Research funding has more than doubled from a decade ago. Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1 billion in grants and contracts for research and program administration.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.